Slides for my WordCamp Cape Town talk on “making WordPress”

From the talk page on the WordCamp Cape Town site:

In this session, Drew will be sharing insight into how a WordPress release happens, including an overview of all the moving parts, teams, organization, and execution. A lot of people have this idea that the core team is solely responsible for new versions of WordPress getting released, which couldn’t be further from the truth – it’s an intricate ballet of multiple contributor teams coming together and executing a broad vision.
He will talk about how a release cycle is structured, how and where the decision-making happens, as well as all of the various contributors and teams that play their own part in a successful release. It’s very much opening the black box of how a release works.

Slides for my workshop on querying creatively for WordCamp Cape Town 2015

From the workshop page on the WordCamp Cape Town site:

We’re at a point now where we have these incredibly powerful query classes in WordPress core that allow you to really tailor down to whatever criterion you want. In this workshop, Drew will provide some real-world examples of some crazy stuff you can do with queries – it’s very much a “sky’s the limit” kind of situation. Queries are really interesting and powerful, and a lot of people are intimidated by advanced queries, even with the abstraction layers that WordPress has put in place.


My WordCamp Vancouver Slides

This weeked at WordCamp Vancouver I gave a talk called “Customizer-ing Theme Options: A Visual Playground”. I covered the basics of the Customizer API and did a case study with Nubrick, a Twenty Twelve child theme I built last year to learn about leveraging the Customizer API. Here are my slides:

WordPress On the Brain after WordCamp San Francisco

Wow, OK, so this is a random collection of thoughts after #WCSF last weekend.

Never before have I dreamt, thought about or immersed myself in so much WordPress in such a short amount of time.

#WCSF proved to be ample opportunity for networking, learning, eating and traveling. I met a lot of really passionate people out there from bloggers to developers, designers, entrepreneurs, web hosts and many of the people behind the mammoth that WordPress has become. It really was a fun time.

So here’s a shoutout to Adria Richards,, bluehost, Dream Host, the guys over at Media Temple, Matt Mullenweg, Brad Williams, Jeff Kropp, Lou Anne McKeefery, Pete Mall, Brian Tickler, Dan Ross, the guys over at StudioPress, Adam Chew, Linda Sherman and many others.

Probably the best-spent 3 days I’ve had in the 3 years I’ve been developing and designing for WordPress. Until next time!